The Bocas Lit Fest is a registered non-profit company incorporated in Trinidad and Tobago. We are a year-round writing and literary arts development organisation, with numerous initiatives forging links and opportunities between writers, readers, publishers and others. We run the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad and Tobago’s annual literary festival (named as one of the world’s best literary festivals), and administer major regional writing prizes which provide crucial support for Caribbean writers, including the prestigious OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and The Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize. We also manage The Writers Centre in St. Clair, a space dedicated to writers and literary programmes in Trinidad and Tobago.
See our Team page for all of our staff who make this organisation possible.
Founded in 2011, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest is Trinidad and Tobago’s premier annual literary festival: a lively celebration of books, writers, writing, and ideas, with a Caribbean focus and international scope. The Festival brings together readers and writers from Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean, and the wider world for readings, performances, workshops, discussions, film screenings, and more. Most events are free and open to the public.
The Festival also includes a full programme of activities for younger readers, The NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest. There is a month-long storytelling caravan around the country on Saturdays throughout the month of April, plus readings, creative writing workshops and performances by children’s authors, alongside the main Festival.
In 2020, our year-round programme of literary events shifted online in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the main NGC Bocas Lit Fest was held virtually in September instead of April.
The 2021 NGC Bocas Lit Fest is set to be a virtual festival from 23 – 25 April 2021. The Bocas Lit Fest continues to hold workshops, readings and children’s programmes throughout the year, both online and in-person when possible.
Trinidad and Tobago, at the southern end of the Caribbean.
Daytime events are mainly at the National Library and Old Fire Station, downtown Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Evening events happen at popular venues all around Port of Spain, including historic sites, bars and performance spots. The first-ever virtual Festival in 2020 was livestreamed via three platforms: our website, Facebook and Youtube.
- to celebrate the Caribbean’s literary achievements in a festive atmosphere
- to broaden our cultural capital into an area in which we have already excelled, and to which many aspire
- to foster interest in reading and writing
- to help demystify books and improve literacy
- to help sustain the book industry
- to expand our idea of literature by including performance poetry and rapso
- to exploit and enhance our presence on the world stage
- to administer annual prizes for Caribbean writers